Tonight’s performance sets “X Factor” victor
(Carly singing Elton John’s “Your Song” last week. Photo by Ray Mickshaw/FOX.)
It has been six months since Carly Rose Sonenclar walked onto the stage in Providence, R.I., and announced that she was ready to sing Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” for her audition for “The X Factor.”
The judges were dubious. Then they were floored. Then they were sold.
The usually acerbic Simon Cowell, announcing the vote that would send Carly to Hollywood, spoke for the judges and the crowd, saying: “4,833 yeses.”
That was in June. Tonight, the 13-year-old Rye Neck Middle School eighth-grader could seal her fate and win the second season of “The X Factor,” if her fans, known on Twitter as Carly’s Angels, vote and vote and vote between 9:55 p.m. and 11:55 p.m. Votes are taken by text, phone, online and via smartphone app. Phone voters can cast unlimited votes.
The results of the vote will be announced tomorrow night, most likely at 9:59 p.m., the last second of the second season.
In tonight’s final, Carly faces country singer Tate Stevens and girl group Fifth Harmony, who shocked last week’s audience by outpolling the wildly popular boy band Emblem3 to reach the final. There’s a chance that older voters might side with the 37-year-old Stevens, while younger voters might split their vote between Fifth Harmony and Carly, the youngest competitor still standing.
The finalists will perform duets tonight, with a couple of head-scratching choices that would seem to put Carly at a disadvantage.
Demi Lovato, who mentored her Young Adults into early trips home, will sing with Fifth Harmony, girls who were eliminated in the early rounds and revived as a group. Voters might vote for Demi, instead of Fifth Harmony.
Tate Stevens, who keeps whining about how he might not have a job to go home to if he’s sent home, will perform with a country band, Little Big Town. He couldn’t be more at ease, singing in his chosen style of music.
Then there’s Carly, who is paired, inexplicably, with LeAnn Rimes, a country star with extremely limited cross-over appeal. What? Was Shania Twain not available?
Carly will have to bring it tonight to have a chance in tomorrow’s results show.
Carly’s Westchester Angels fans will gather tonight at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains for a viewing-voting party to try to put her over the top and help her secure the $5 million recording contract that goes to the winner. Doors open at 6 for the show, which airs live from 8 to 10 p.m., and there’s every chance that the crowd at Stepinac will make it onto the broadcast.
I’ll be at tonight’s viewing party. If you can’t make it in — only the first 1,000 fans will be admitted — check in here and on twitter @lohud and @peterkramer for updates.
Just for fun, here’s Carly’s audition, which has been viewed on YouTube more than 20 million times since September: